Have a FiST for the weekend... what to look for?

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Chat and Discussion' started by Duck Hunter 117, Jan 24, 2015.

  1. Duck Hunter 117

    Duck Hunter 117 New Member

    Hello, I am looking to get a Fiesta ST as my primary car. The dealer has let me take the car home through Monday afternoon so I am looking for some advice on what I should pay attention to. I've read through a lot of the forum for things some people don't like so I'm using that has a starting point. Any additional pointers would be very helpful.

    Some additional info:
    - It will be replacing a 2012 Lexus CT200h F Sport Special Edition. Good car just doesn't have a knee friendly seating position. The FiST being much more upright works a lot better.
    - I put on between 70-100 miles per day for work and school, mostly interstate with the CC set at 70mph
    - I will likely track it at some point. I have ran autocross before in a 300+hp Solstice and raced ChumpCar with a Fiero I built. This will be my first time in FWD.
    -The model I'm looking at has no options.
     
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  3. Cesso

    Cesso Member

    As it is a brand new car, there isn't really anything to look for in terms of flaws unless it got screwed up on the lot.... I'm not entirely sure what you are asking. In new cars I like to adjust the front seats to where I am comfortable, then get in the back seat and see if I am comfortable there (I fit perfectly in the backseat of my FiST, but I am 5' 10"). See if the controls, shifter, touchscreen, are easy to use while in a driving position. Try and get acquainted with the infotainment system (MyFordTouch). Check if the car fits where you want to park it. Really just see if it does what you want it to do and fits into your life.
     
  4. BlackBird

    BlackBird Active Member Staff Member

    As a stock car, there are only a few things I don't like about the Fiesta ST, as far as it being a car goes. Wasn't happy about the lack of factory HIDs, or a dead pedal. I'm also not a fan of the door count, but it didn't stop me from buying one. SYNC isn't so great. Aside from this minor issues, I think the car is pretty solid all around. Shifting from 3rd-to-2nd and back up again is knotchy until after about 4500-5000 miles of the gearbox being worked in. Stock, the car doesn't feel nearly as fast as with even an over-the-shelf tune.

    Oh, and rear visibility sucks, but so does the visibility in virtually every B-segment mini-car these days because of roll-over regs (Regular Car Reviews talked about this at length in his FiST review). Hardly a perfect car, but for what it was designed to do, I think it hits it out of the park. Yeah, the interior is cheap, but this is the hot version of a $14,000 city car.
     
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